An important win in the previous match for UP Yoddha helped it a sequence of three matches without a win. Importantly, two of those of matches were ties and not losses, so UP Yoddha has not been far from finding its best form.
It is going to face a tough challenge against the Haryana Steelers, a side that is very strong defensively and seems to have found its groove on the offense also.
The role of raiders, Shrikant Jadhav, Monu Goyat, and Rishank Devadiga is going to be to find a way past Dharmaj Cheralathan. Monu Goyat used to play for the Haryana Steelers until last season and this match will be an important one for him.
The current form of Shrikant Jadhav and Monu Goyat is quite good. They have been scoring points regularly without being spectacular and the UP Yoddha attack could really blossom once Rishank Devadiga finds his feet as well.
Sumit has been a revelation for UP Yoddha this season as he has racked up the tackle points and is outscoring Nitesh Kumar right now. The captain of the UP Yoddha team is in good form as well but nothing close to what we saw him do last season.
The upward trajectory of UP Yoddha is encouraging for its supporters.
Perhaps starting the season without Vikash Kandola has turned out to be a blessing for the Haryana Steelers. They struggled without him and were forced to give a lot more responsibility to young raiders like Naveen and Vinay, both of him improved from that experience.
Now that Vikash Kandola is back, the raiding unit looks a lot more well-settled. Vikash has two Super-10’s in the last two victories for the Haryana Steelers and his impact has been immediate. His contest against Sumit and Nitesh Kumar from UP Yoddha is going to be decisive to the end result.
We have also been very happy to see Dharmraj Cheralathan take an aggressive defender’s role in the last few matches. He is not waiting to let the raiders make mistakes but is actively making moves to get his team tackle points.
Perhaps it is the realization that the Haryana Steelers need senior players to stand up which has forced him to make a change.
The Haryana Steelers have won two important matches in their last two outings and will go up against UP Yoddha full of confidence.
UP Yoddha and the Haryana Steelers have played against each other just twice in the past with both teams winning one match each.
The result of this game is going to be decided by the better raider since the defense for both the sides is very strong. We think UP Yoddha has a slight edge in terms of the depth and quality in their squad. They should be able to win this game.
Bet on UP Yoddha to win.